VFF: GIS and 3D Modeling Techniques for Recognizing High and Low-Level Patterns on a Fortified Medieval Frontier
Friday, January 29, 2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Edward Triplett · Wired! & Library
This talk will introduce two digital projects that Ed Triplett developed to interrogate hundreds of fortresses in Spain and Portugal that were occupied by Christian military-religious Orders during the 12th through 14th centuries. The first project applied viewshed analysis and cost-distance analysis in ArcGIS in order to visualize each fortress' sphere of influence on the frontier landscape. The second digital project captured - and hypothetically reconstructed - a single exceptional example of a 14th century fortress-monastery in Valencia, Spain. The talk will focus on how advanced GIS tools and 3D modeling techniques can reveal complex new patterns in historical developments that have previously been described through problematic, linear narratives.